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The Pale Blue Door is back!

23 February 2011

British artist and set-designer Tony Hornecker hits London town once again…


He started the project in his studio in East London in 2009 after being hit by the recession, and has taken the concept to Buenos Aires, Santiago, Glastonbury festival and a fantastic gypsy-inspired garden in Prinzessinnen Garten, Berlin, pictured below.


I love the ramshackley furniture, Alice in Wonderland colours and good pop-up restaurants/ "dining experiences" so, having missed the previous run, I am very excited indeed.

Josh Goot Skirt

21 February 2011

This gorgeous multi-coloured skirt and top by Aussie designer Josh Goot was featured in an issue of Grazia magazine last month.  


I keep going back to it - and love how the colours on the watercolour print skirt really pop next to the grey.  Perfect bridging-the-gap-between-winter-and-spring dressing.

Peter Blake at Paul Stolper Gallery

18 February 2011

Last night I went to the exhibition opening of Sir Peter Blake's Paris Suite at the Paul Stolper gallery in Bloomsbury, comprising twenty silkscreen prints on paper.


The collection of work depicts whimsical scenes in the French capital featuring its people and landmarks. I love the contrast between the black and white and the colourful; the palette of the soft pink, primrose yellow and pale blue skies is uplifting and I love art including collages.  These three are my favourites, and absolutely gorgeous.  I will have a Peter Blake in my apartment one day soon.

Women With Their Pets, 2010

Famed for his Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover for the Beatles, the prolific pop artist has a varied style but clearly enjoys assemblages as it’s a defining style of a lot of his work.

The Day The Seine Froze

DID YOU KNOW that both Peter Blake and Quentin Blake were born in the UK in 1932, but they're not twins? THEY'RE NOT EVEN RELATED.  You may have known this, but I did not.  I was scorned at last month's London Art Fair opening after wondering out loud if they were related after commenting on the similarity in handwriting.  Turns out their signatures aren't that similar after all anyway...  I should probably delete all this last bit, it isn't very interesting.

Peter Blake: The Paris Suite runs 18 February - 19 March; 10am - 6pm Wednesday to Saturday

Men With Their Pets, 2010

Dip-dyed Hair

17 February 2011

Faded, dip-dyed, ombre and ludicrously bright coloured locks have been all the rage in the fashion world for the past year or so and show no sign of waning. 


This is one of my favourite looks, in Liberty's magazine showing ballsy shades of green, yellow, pink, orange and red coloured by Alex Brownsell at Bleach London.  I wish I had a job where I could get away with this...

An Ideal Husband | The Forge Restaurant

16 February 2011

Earlier this month I went to the Vaudeville Theatre on the Strand to see Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, which was superb. 


Lindsay Posner's version of the Victorian melodrama is polished and stylised with a great cast delivering the ever-so-witty script.  In particular, Elliot Cowan played an excellent dandy as Viscount Goring.  It ends on 26 February so catch it if you can!


Afterwards we went to The Forge in Covent Garden for a post-theatre dinner.  Despite having lived round the corner I had never been before and was impressed.  We arrived late but the maĆ®tre d' was very polite and welcoming.  The interiors are lovely; spacious and roomy table layout, exposed brickwork, polished glassware, starched table cloths and atmospheric lighting. 


Fantastic wine list - we went for the Marsannay which was expensive but beautiful.  I didn't like the overpowering roast pumpkin with my duck confit, but otherwise the food was very good.  It was quiet at times and could do with a piano or something (although I think all places would be better with a piano).

I love the London restaurant scene and eat out most nights so I'm making an effort to go to new places rather than the same old favourite restaurants where they know our names and shake hands (our "Cheers" places). 

My very late new year's resolution: one new dining establishment a week.  In 2011: so far, so good.

The Forge, 27c Floral Street, London, WC2E 9BJ
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The Style of Music Ensemble Print

15 February 2011

How cool is this print?!  I have about twenty framed prints in my flat so I don't need any more at the moment, but if I did, I'd be putting in my credit card details over at www.moxycreative.com right now:


The Ensemble print features Andre 3000, Bob Dylan, Brandon Flowers, Chet Baker, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash, Kanye West, Kiss, Kurt Kobain, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Pete Doherty, Pharrell Williams, Prince, Run DMC, The Beatles and The Ramones.

Now to match them up in order....
  • $30. Only $30!
  • 11.75" x 15.5"
  • All prints are limited to 250

Valentine's Day in Wonderland

14 February 2011

I'm excited about seeing the world premiere of a new full-length Alice in Wonderland ballet at the Royal Opera House next month*. 

Created by Christopher Wheeldon and performed by The Royal Ballet, Lewis Carroll’s famous Victorian childhood story of Alice and her encounters with extraordinary people, strange creatures and unusual events is set to be the must-see theatre event of the year.



*I haven't got tickets and I see it's now sold out.  But I am going.  Where's there's a will, and all that...

So with that in mind, being a big fan of Alice in Wonderland and with a firm fixation on the iconic playing card, this is the best Valentine's "card" out there, courtesy of ffffound.

Friday's ffffound: Declaration of romantic intent

11 February 2011

cute.

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ASOS Knitted Numbers Dress

7 February 2011

Today I'm wearing my new Knitted Numbers Dress from good old trusty ASOS, in good old trusty grey.  It features an all over contrast number design, round neckline, three-quarter sleeves and rib knit trims and was £35, now £21.  Because January sales no longer end in January...


The pattern reminds me of Henry Holland's limited edition House of Holland for Pretty Polly Alphabet tights with letters all over them, only better as I don't rip dresses...

REcreate's The Suitcase Chair

4 February 2011

I just came across The Suitcase Chair by South African designer Katie Thompson and sold by Turkish store Sut KutusuKatie Thompson set up REcreate in 2009 using recycled furniture discarded as junk to create a unique range of furniture, lighting and interior accessories.  I love Chesterfield sofa cushioning and the chic cream works well against the cool teal blue retro suitcase.


An old worn out suitcase takes on a new life as a comfy chair. Steel reinforced internal structure, upholstered in 100% white linen with Liberty floral fabric covered deep buttons and whitewashed timber turned legs.

New Look Studded Bangles

3 February 2011

Today I’m wearing these chiffon-wrapped chunky studded bangles from New Look.  I liked them at A/W10 press show but forgot about them until I went and blitzed the Oxford Street store for, uh, stocking fillers* before Christmas.


I love the chunky design, but my only criticism is that they are just too chunky.  I have to take them off when I put on/ take off my jacket and I invariably stack them up on my desk when I’m typing at because they make an almighty clattering sound against my keyboard, attracting glares from jewellery-less colleagues.  They just don’t understand.

*It's safer doing present shopping online as my default when buying in stores is “one thing for person A, one thing for me, one thing for person B, one for me” and so on…

The Valentine Charity Exhibition at Darkroom

2 February 2011

For those Valentine’s-inclined amongst us in London, there’s a romance-inspired exhibition to embrace by Darkroom involving a whole bunch of creative types and artists (including menswear designer Carolyn Massey, milliner Philip Treacy and wonderful whimsy artist Rob Ryan) selling heart prints and photographs for charity.


After last year’s inaugural ‘For Love & Haiti’ exhibition raising funds for the earthquake appeal, they’ve come back bigger and better this year with almost 50 pieces at £150 each and all proceeds going to Kids Company.

Now that’s having a heart.

Show runs until 14 February, 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LL